White Oak | The Bruery

White OakWhite Oak
BA SCORE
3.9/5
1,322 Ratings
White OakWhite Oak
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.

Added by OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,754
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
1,322
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
329
Trade:
25
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Ratings: 1,322 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium straw yellow to golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of bourbon, vanilla, and oak from the barrel aged portion of the beer. Additionally there are buttery notes that I normally associate with some Napa chardonnays.

T: The flavor of this beer is very complex - again the butteriness from the smell comes through in the flavor. There are strong flavors from the bourbon barrel aging - bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Additionally there are some interesting coconut notes as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Very enjoyable and an interesting blend of styles that make up this beer. I think bourbon barrel aging added a lot to this beer and the contribution of coconut was unique. Definitely one to try again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice big fizzy pasty white 1 finger head, great head for the abv, but fades at med pace with just a touch of lacing, semi clear slight chill hazed, golden almost pilsner apricot color. Great head for the abv.

Nose is more like a Belgian trippel, plenty of wheat almost bock like aroma, golden Belgian malts, some booze and big malts, some fruity esters like a Belgian yeast would bring, the more I nose it I get some coconut flesh, and light buttery toasted barrel with coconut, and a light toffee like coconut.

Taste starts again like a Belgian strong ale, golden malts, really sweet, very boozy like fusel alcohol boozy. Then esters again, fruity esters that get a bit too much, grainy as well. Hints of coconut come through in the background, light belgian spices, and wheat like bock flavors again. Light toasted barrel with just a hint of bourbon and vanilla, and some caramel toffee. finish is fairly dry but slightly sticky, plenty of hot booze lingering, golden Belgian malts and yeast, esters, linger.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but feels fairly thin for what it is, too much carbonation, wicked boozy.

Overall meh, not what I expected, way too much booze and carb, feels thin, its like they made a Belgian tripel strong ale and tried to do a bunch of things with it that didn't pan out well, and just got way too boozy and carbonated, and where the hell is the bourbon, where they fifteenth fill barrels?

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an overized wine glass a hazed orange infused copper color with a thin white head atop.Alot of hot booze in the nose along with heavy yeast esters,lingering vanilla and a hint of spiced pears.Really hot at first,it took a few swallows for it to tone down enough for me,vanilla and alot of yeasty notes,faint drying and toasted oak in the finish.A little hot for my liking,it has some rich flavors but they are masked a little by the yeast and big alcohol in my opinion.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Max for bringing this bottle back from California.

Pours a light caramel color with a nice, light off white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose really brings nice notes forward and I really like the oak characteristics. Some light bread notes as well. The taste and mouthfeel combine quite well, bringing down some really nice, creamy oak as well as light caramel and bread. Really digging the mouthfeel. Drinks quite well overall and was a nice treat.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Caramel, pepper, vanilla, coconut, and pineapple.

T - Spicy wheat up front with Belgian tripel like notes of pear and pineapple. Some coconut and rum notes in the middle and a finish full of pepper, clove, turpentine, and spicy Belgian yeast.

M - a thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - More of a tripel than a wheat wine to my taste, but it works well with the subtle barrel character.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has bourbon but it's well integrated with the sweet malt and floral notes. Taste starts with malt sweetness, bourbon and continues with floral notes. Quite good but a bit boozy for my taste.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a slightly hazy golden color with a surprisingly thick, creamy head that retained well and left some soapy lacing on the glass. Looked pretty nice. Aroma of toasted wheat and sweet malts, candi sugar, notes of stone fruit and coconut. This was pretty indicative of the taste, wheat and pale malts, fruity, peachy flavors, on the sweeter side, with a pretty big hit of fusel alcohol, no real bourbon or barrel notes, but a definite coconut sensation came through. Body was medium, mouthfeel was pretty thin, quite unexpectedly, but I guess it would have been less drinkable if it were a chewy full-blown malt bomb. Alcohol was present for sure, but actually it wasn't too hot. Not bad overall, but not great. I was glad to have it on tap instead of committing to a bomber.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Photo of billab914
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured cloudy orange in color with a thick, foamy, white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the sweeter, bready, wheat malts mixing with some herbal yeast spices. It's a little peppery and earthy with some noticeable crisp fruits to it as well.

The taste has some nice wheat malt flavors to it up front. The finish is where more of the earthy, herbal spices come out. It's got some oak to the finish, but it's also a little hot. I liked the wheat malts to it but spices and alcohol that showed through were a little overdone.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being high.
Overall it was a decent beer, but not one that really stands out. It felt over carbonated, over spiced, and lacked much barrel presence for being partially barrel aged.

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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with an inch of white head. Little carbonation.

s - Smells both sweet and sout. Some Vanilla, oak, apples.

t - Taste mostly of vanilla and bourbon. Hints of fruit and oak.

m - High carbonation and medium body.

d - Overall I really enjoyed this pale ale. I thought the vanilla, oak, and bourbon combined for a great smell and taste. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super happy to be able to crack this one open. I decided to sip on it throughout the night, which was a darn good idea given its power. Served chilled to cellar temp and poured into a large wine glass this one was consumed on 11/08/2009.
 
Much lighter then I would have though on the initial pour, but it was a beast to say the least. Rich golden amber in color with a nice big head of white that came up and over the top to a very nice level. Receded slowly and never did go much further then a few inches leaving that nice cap on top throughout the session. Aroma was spicy. Rich notes of vanilla and cinnamon mixing oddly, hints of bourbon, fresh grassy notes, and everything but the kitchen sinks kind of approach for me. Warming brings out subtle notes of fig, hints of almost lemon zest for a brief moment but loads of vanilla and caramel rule the roost here. Each sip seems to get a bit more complex now. Rich bourbon notes are riddled throughout with the lovely touches of vanilla, woody overtones and hints of spiced fruit. Very interesting blend here. All the while keeping a very nice, and very light feel to it. Great carbonation here, as it really just pops for me, wonderfully done. Long flavors of vanilla and woody bourbon leave the tongue last as this one really just whooped my butt and I did not see it coming.
 
Overall one of the most interesting and enjoyable blends I have had it quite some time. I would have no trouble at all with splitting this one with some family and friends again any day. Really a remarkable style they are going for here.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with quite a big head. Settles to an off-centered chunky white collar. Not so much on the surface.

Smell - Very bright aroma. Boozy as hell. Some bourbon, but not prominent. Not sure if I imagine the coconut because of label, but definite coconut. Lots of vanilla. Tropical fruity aroma.

Taste - Definite tropical flavors. Some bourbon again, but it's not an easy flavor to discern. Almost lemony in its brightness. Strong wheat character. Dry and boozy.

Mouthfeel - Hefty alcohol presence. Medium low carbonation. Harsh grainy and boozy finish.

Overall - Fascinating combination of flavors. Not convinced it works all that well, but only the booze is offensive. The rest of it is just a crazy big wheat beer.

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White Oak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,322 ratings
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